Inevitably, all tattoos fade. Over time the human body will shed and grow new skin- which is usually a problem for body art. Devotees will sometimes return to have a favorite tattoo re-inked, and sometimes more than once. The following tattoos not only look amazing, but continue to do so, even while slowly disappearing.
The complexity and machine-like precision of this tattoo are truly stunning. This brilliant rendition of a mandala like design would have been exceptionally difficult to execute- an undertaking like that is no joke. A single mistake can ruin the whole design, and this indicates a rare level of commitment for both the artist and the subject.
Another piece that appears to have been done by a robot, the crisp clear lines seem to defy the capacties of human precision. This simple, but technically complicated design will not only look amazing (even as the ink fades) but its’ distinctive design can be seen even from far away.
Arm band tattoos are a common factor in many different cultures- they can be used to symbolize a variety of different ideas. Some feature designs common to the style of the culture, some are used to commemorate a dead relative, some are purely for aesthetic value.
A strong connection to coyotes or wolves informs this tattoo, as these canines are known to howl at the moon. Simple and to the point, the fade between the front and back of the wolf is smooth and well done.
Exceptional line work makes this tattoo stand out. The fineness of the lines in the petals indicates an excellent artist- the difficulty of producing such small clean lines means they had to be steady as a surgeon.
This is truly a unique tattoo. Thousands of individual dots and lines make up this color and smoky back piece. This really showcases the depth and texture that can be achieved through careful and deliberate work. Not for amateurs, if you are going to opt for a piece like this, make sure you use a tried and true professional.
Now this is a tattoo that you can really chew on. The instantly recognizable pixelated mushroom from the Mario Brothers gaming franchise dissolves and fades like a piece of paper where water has made the ink run. Truly impressive, the transition of textures prompts me to think about the fading of the icons in our life.
A cartographers dream! A compass, map, quill and coins set this piece firmly in the golden age of exploration, when the world hadn’t really been discovered yet. Black and white and straightforward, this shows clearly a unity of ideas and direction.
Another tattoo showing an interesting blend of texture and style in a single icon. The top half looks crisp enough to be etched in with a laser, while the bottom half retains the original sketch lines.
Sacred geometric patterns fold on top of themselves, clear and sharp towards the center of the tattoo, the fade outward. This stark design will continue to look great whether or not they get it re-inked.
This Gothic scene conjures up a very specific sentiment. The old Victorian house, the gravestones, the barren tree, the bats- the scene comes together very well. Even though the individual parts themselves are small, they are clean and well done, a nice counterpoint to the soft moon.
The tattoo in the style of a double exposure is incredible. A pure black bird frames the empty branches of a tree in negative. This is the work of a talented and capable artist- the fade on the individual feathers, the clean interior of the branches.
Henna design inspired pieces immediately pop right off the arm. These originate from ancient India, where they had a variety of meaning. The fading of color on these, especially considering the curvature of the arm and designs, is done exceptionally well.
This short simple piece on the nape seems like it has more to say: at first glance it is merely a full crisp black line fading upwards, but what does it symbolize? Interesting concept if you are attracted to the mystery of certain tattoos.
Soft pastel coloring and an absence of black lines differentiate this from common tattoos. This is evocative of the realism of oil painting, and work of this quality demands a hefty commitment- that being said- it looks great.
Over the hip, this large piece is rich in both texture and symbolism. This nicely rendered skull is wreathed in roses, showing a stark contrast between life and death. Although this looks like a work in progress, once it is complete it would be a piece you could be proud of for a long time to come.
Taking an inspiration from lace and paisley, this sprawling piece looks amazing. As far as clothing-inspired tattoos go, this is the upper end with clear and discrete detail. The person who opted for this tattoo has clear sense of style and design.
This lush garden sleeve is dense with imagery and soft fades. Roses, lilies, a skull, angels, a regal portrait, butterflies and birds of paradise- it’s reminiscent of the rich tapestries commissioned of artists of a different era.
A velvety Sumatra lily on the ribs must have tickled to get, but was well worth it.